Heidi Tuhkanen

Heidi Tuhkanen
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) · Tallinn Centre

Master of Science

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Publications (28)
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This brief examines the issues that must be addressed to help ensure that the design, governance and implementation of nature-based solutions (NbS) are just and equitable. The authors outline five principles to incorporate in NbS to achieve these goals, and they present a case study from a semi-informal settlement in Kenya that illustrates how such...
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Urban public spaces, both natural and built, contribute to the liveability of urban spaces. Evidence shows that natural urban spaces can improve both physical and psychological wellbeing through providing cultural ecosystem services (CES), but there is a lack of evidence from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Recognising the pressures that pu...
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To ensure future sustainability, cities need to consider concepts of livability and resident wellbeing alongside environmental, economic and infrastructure development equity. The current rapid urbanization experienced in many regions is leading to sustainability challenges, but also offers the opportunity to deliver infrastructure supporting the s...
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Progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is monitored using a set of targets and indicators. Gaps in official datasets have led to calls for the inclusion of data generated through citizen science (CS) and allied approaches. Co-benefits of CS mean these approaches could also contribute to localising, defining, and a...
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This brief introduces a four-part series exploring nature-based solutions (NbS). Responding to identified gaps in existing knowledge about the social and economic sustainability aspects of NbS, the series seeks to explore their costs and benefits and how they can be developed without leaving anyone behind.
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There are increasing calls for transformation to be considered as a means to address the effects of social, cultural and political conditions on vulnerability when resilience is applied in practice. Yet transformation does not necessarily lead to more equitable social conditions. Here, we draw on the analytical framework of political capabilities t...
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Green bonds are considered one of the most important innovations in sustainable finance. However, there is a lack of conceptual and empirical understanding of the role of green bonds in corporate transition to carbon neutrality. This study develops and tests a conceptual framework that links green bonds to climate targets in the context of corporat...
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To decrease risks related to disasters, it is important to understand trade-offs in post-disaster reconstruction. This practitioner oriented article introduces the different dimensions of trade-offs commonly made in disaster risk reduction and development related decision making processes, highlighting equity as a dimension which intersects with ma...
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One way to spread awareness about the importance of nature in cities, is to attract more outdoor recreationists to observe and learn about nature in green areas. In order to do so, urban planners need to understand what leads to higher satisfaction with urban nature observation. In this study, we analyse the perceived importance of and satisfaction...
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Development and disaster risk are deeply linked. Disasters reverse development gains; development initiatives influence the risk, vulnerability, and exposure of people, assets, and environments to disasters. Hence, knowledge of key dimensions of the potential trade-offs between development and disaster risk reduction (DRR) may inform decision-makin...
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This article focuses on the complex relationship between development and disaster risk. Development and disaster risk are closely linked as the people and assets exposed to risk, as well as their vulnerability and capacity, are largely determined by development processes. Transformation is key to moving from current development patterns that increa...
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In agricultural commodity chains, companies with sizeable market shares are stepping up sustainability commitments through so-called ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ (NDPE) policies – yet the delivery is fraught with difficulties. Drawing on theories of hybrid public-private governance this paper explores how commodity chain actors them...
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A persistent challenge in disaster risk reduction is that development, which is crucial for reducing vulnerability to disaster risks, often exacerbates them instead, because poor decisions put people and property in harm's way. Disasters, in turn, can destroy many years' worth of development investments. If recovery is not handled well, disasters c...
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Many marine ecosystems are under increasing pressure from multiple stressors. In the Baltic Sea, these stressors include oil and chemical spills from shipping, nutrient run-off from land and the introduction of non-indigenous species. All of these pressures have been growing over recent years. Increasing pressures lead to reductions in environmenta...
Technical Report
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Transforming the relationship between development and disaster risk: insights from a year of research This brief presents preliminary insights from the first phase of the SEI Initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (TDDR) from 2015 to 2016 (see SEI (2015) for an introduction to the initiative). The initiative seeks to integrate dis...
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The Baltic Sea provides benefits to all of the nine nations along its coastline, with some 85 million people living within the catchment area. Achieving improvements in water quality requires international cooperation. The likelihood of effective cooperation is known to depend on the distribution across countries of the benefits and costs of action...
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This policy brief summarizes the work of the GES-REG project, initiated by Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden to help harmonize the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The unique characteristics of the Baltic Sea mean that its marine environment is highly sensitive. Human activities – causing eutrophication, overfishing, p...
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Marine environments and the ecosystem services they provide are threatened throughout the world. Using an extensive data set obtained from a coordinated survey across all nine littoral countries, this study examines the recreational use of and public perceptions towards the Baltic Sea, providing support for marine policies, including the European U...

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